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Witnesses sought for stolen bike crash

Stolen Honda VTR1000F Fire Storm

Queensland Police are appealing for witnesses or dashcam vision after an allegedly stolen motorcycle crashed in Miles last Saturday (29 February 2020).

They say that about 12.20pm a man and woman were riding on a black 2004 Honda VTR1000F motorcycle east on Murilla Street towards Colamba Street.

At the intersection of Wallen Street, the motorcycle collided with a vehicle while overtaking and both the rider and pillion were thrown from the motorcycle.

The man and woman were both seriously injured and flown to the PA Hospital in Brisbane.

Investigators are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or has dashcam or CCTV footage to contact police.

It will be alleged the Honda VTR1000F was stolen from an address on Pine Street around 11.30am last Saturday.

UPDATE: Police have charged a 35-year-old Toowoomba man with dangerous operation of a vehicle, unlicensed driving, drink driving and failing to wear a helmet. He has been remanded to reappear 30 April 2020.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2000425356

Stolen bikes

Motorbike theft is running rampant in Australia, but mainly in metropolitan areas, led by South East Queensland is rampant.

Despite accounting for just 5% of registrations, motorcycle thefts now account for one in six stolen vehicles, according to National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council figures.

The sobering statistics also show that almost two in three motorcycles are stolen from the home, one in six motorcycle theft victims have previously been a victim of theft and more than half of all stolen bikes are never recovered.

Council Projects and Communications Coordinator Caitlin Hrambanis says there could be several reasons for the explosion on motorcycle theft rates:

  • The ease with which they are stolen;
  • A high demand for parts; and
  • The lack of security measures by riders.